Storm swirls in the Atlantic; could reach tropical storm-status

A tropical depression far out in the eastern Atlantic, near the Cape Verde islands 350 miles of the African coast could become Debby, the fourth named tropical storm of the 2006 hurricane season which, thus far, is a piece of cake compared to last year.

The storm formed Aug. 21 and forecasters expected it to take a northwesterly course in mid-week with a possible track near Bermuda by Aug. 28 or 29.

By this time last year, Hurricane Dennis had made landfall in Florida after causing havoc in Cuba, Hurricane Emily tore through the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and Hurricane Katrina loomed ominously on the horizon.

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